When Monty Williams took over as head coach of the Phoenix Suns, they were in the middle of a decade-long lottery streak. Almost overnight, he managed to make them one of the best teams in the NBA. His first season ended with an undefeated streak in the Orlando bubble. He followed that up with a trip to the NBA Finals in 2021, and last season he won Coach of the Year as his Suns won 64 games before losing in the second round to the Dallas Mavericks. . In three years of work, he has done everything except win a championship. And now the Suns recognize it.
On Saturday, Williams agreed to a long-term contract extension to stay in Phoenix, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Williams originally signed a five-year deal to join the Suns, who are rare among new signings, so he had two years left. This new deal will add more to that arrangement and likely make him one of the highest paid coaches in the NBA.
With this case over, all of Phoenix’s most important personalities are locked in for the foreseeable future. Chris Paul signed an extension last offseason, and Mikal Bridges quickly followed. Devin Booker signed a long-term deal this offseason, and while negotiations were acrimonious at times, DeAndre Ayton eventually ended up in Phoenix after the Suns matched an offer sheet given to him by the Indiana Pacers .
Unless a Kevin Durant trade materializes in the coming months, the Suns will relaunch him with last season’s core in a bid to overcome Dallas’ series disappointment and get back to the NBA Finals. . There’s no coach they’d rather have to lead them there than Williams, and now he has the contract to prove it.